Digital launch: When The Smoke Clears

Author Chrissy Guinery and Fifty Days Press are adapting to current Covid-19 restrictions and launching When The Smoke Clears: Surviving the Australian bushfires, in a series of video releases today (May 20) on Facebook, and shared here in sequence.

Bateman’s bay Rural Fire Service Captain Ian Aitken helps launch When The Smoke Clears. Ian’s experiences leading the effort to fight the devastating fires of 2019-20 are included in the book.

Eurobadalla Shire Mayor, Liz Innes, whose own fire story is included in When The Smoke Clears, contributes to the official launch today (May 20).

To purchase When The Smoke Clears, click here or visit Booktopia, Koorong and other good bookstores.

Telling stories as part of bushfire recovery

Chrissy Guinery has always been a storyteller, and even as she and her family were surrounded by dangerous fires, her social posts – shared to let friends know how they were faring – became essential reading as a window on the tragic 2019-20 bushfire season.

Soon people were urging her to write a book about the experience and within about 50 days from the worst of the fires, she had done just that.

The result is When The Smoke Clears: Surviving the Australian bushfires and it is available now.

In this moving video, created for us by Boats Media (who excel in content ‘based on a true story’) Chrissy speaks of the challenge of writing as it brought her back to the fires, the loss, the grief but then the journey onwards into recovery.

Publishing progress for Fifty Days

Establishing a new publishing business a few months out from a pandemic does not sound like a great plan, but of course, plotting the future is more the role of authors and not publishers.

The good news is that, despite the challenges besetting the publishing sector as a result of Covid-19, Fifty Days Press will this month publish its first book, When The Smoke Clears: Surviving the Australian Bushfires, by Chrissy Guinery.

This title is exactly why Fifty Days began – to champion the voice of outstanding Australian Christian authors who otherwise might not find a supportive publisher who both understands and can champion their work.

And a publisher who can negotiate the challenges of industry and excellence to ensure stories such as When The Smoke Clears have every opportunity to find wide distribution and thousands of readers.

New distribution contract

An exciting step forward for Fifty Days Press has been to establish a distribution agreement with Booktopia Publishing Services (BPS).

BPS is an outstanding distributor for the Australian and world markets, not the least because of their connection to one of Australia’s leading retail booksellers.

This announcement means that Fifty Days Press books will be available across a range of good bookstores and booksellers, including of course, Booktopia.

Find us on Koorong and Amazon

Fifty Days is also excited to announce that its books can now be found at Australia’s biggest Christian bookseller, Koorong, as well as

New manuscripts

Finally we have received manuscript submissions from Christian authors and are reviewing these as we plan our ongoing trade publishing schedule. If you are author with an unpublished manuscript or previously published but of print books, please review our manuscript submissions page.

And of course, as a start-up publisher, we desperately need your support – please buy our books either from our web store, author websites, or any of the above retailers and other good booksellers.

Booktopia’s top-selling Australian novels for 2019

Everyone loves a list and so when one of Australia’s leading booksellers releases it’s top selling Australian novels for 2019, it’s worth a look.

While not listing them in order, Booktopia’s top 12 Australian novels in terms of sales for 2019 are:

  • The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion
  • Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris
  • The Wife and the Widow by Christian White
  • Good Girl Bad Girl by Michael Robotham
  • Khaki Town by Judy Nunn
  • The Weekend by Charlotte Wood
  • The Last Paradise by Di Morrissey
  • The Diamond Hunter by Fiona McIntosh
  • The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle by Sophie Green
  • The Place in Dalhousie by Melina Marchetta
  • The Yield by Tara June Winch
  • Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas

Eight of the top 12 are by women and a number of titles follow the breakout success of a previous novel such Cilka’s Journey or The Wife and the Widow.

How many have your read and what surprise omissions were there for you?

Book news for (fifty) days

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As a start up publisher, the biggest challenge is, where are the books?

While established publishers fill their sites with news of their books and authors, we are, well, still getting there.

So don’t be surprised if we buck the trend and write here about other people’s books that we love and are inspired by.

Plus our take on the world of publishing, writing and communicating big ideas and wonderful stories.

So put a book mark here and come back on a quiet afternoon.

Oh yes, and we are feverishly working away towards some amazing book releases in 2020 – perhaps this could be your manuscript…